The Benefits of Moringa Oleifera to General Well-Being is a post prepared by kokination to show people what they can benefit from the Plant.
Moringa Oleifera is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree. It comes from the family of Moringacea and it is native to the Indian Subcontinent.
It is called different names by different persons and such names include Moringa, Drumstick tree, bean oil or even Benzoline tree. Its seed pots and leaves are useful as well as its bark, flowers and root.
Moringa helps in treating anemia, arthritis and other joint pains (rheumatism), asthma, cancer, constipation, diarrhea, seizures, stomach pain, stomach and intestinal ulcers, intestinal spasms, head ache, heart problems, high blood pressure, kidney stones, symptoms of menopause, thyroid disorders and infections.
It also reduces swelling and it acts as antioxidant to prevent spasms, increase sex drive, boost immune system and increase breast milk production. It could be used as a nutritional supplement or as tonic.
It sometimes works as a germ killer when applied to the skin or as drying agent. It is believed to have the capacity of treating dandruff, gum disease, snakebites, wart, wounds etc.
The oil from moringa seed is used for production of hair care products, perfume, machine lubricants and for food.
Also on the Benefits of Moringa Oleifera to General Well-Being, the leaves of Moringa retain lots of vitamins and minerals when dried and they have been used in fighting malnutrition in most parts of the world.
The immature green pods (drumsticks) are prepared similarly to green beans while the seeds in the more mature pods are removed and cooked like peas or rusted nuts.
The leaves are cooked and used as spinach, and they can also be dried and powdered so as to be used as condiments.
The seed cake remaining after oil extraction is used as fertilizer and also to purify well water and to remove salt from seawater.
TAKEN BY MOUTH:
Asthma. Early research shows that taking 3 grams of moringa twice daily for 3 weeks reduces the severity of asthma symptoms and improves lung function in adults with mild to moderate asthma.
- Diabetes. Early research shows that taking moringa tablets along with a type medicine called sulfonylureas does not improve blood sugar control better than taking sulfonylureas alone in people with diabetes.
- Increasing breast milk production. Research regarding the effects of moringa for increasing breast milk production is conflicting.
Some early research on the Benefits of Moringa Oleifera to General Well-Being shows that moringa increases milk production, while other early research shows no benefit. An analysis of data from five clinical studies shows that moringa moderately increases milk product after one week of use when started on postpartum day 3. But it’s not clear if moringa is beneficial when used for longer periods of time.
- Malnutrition. Early research shows that adding moringa powder to food for 2 months helps improve weight in malnourished children.
- Menopausal symptoms. Early research shows that adding fresh moringa leaves to food for 3 months improves menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and sleeping problems in healthy, postmenopausal women.
“Tired blood” (anemia).
As a nutritional supplement.
High blood pressure.
Increasing sex drive.
Stomach and intestinal ulcers.
Stomach pain (gastritis).
APPLIED TO THE SKIN:
Gum disease (gingivitis).
More evidence is needed to rate moringa for these uses.
Moringa also contains proteins, vitamins, and minerals. As an antioxidant, it seems to help protect cells from damage. Moringa may also help decrease inflammation and reduce pain.
Moringa is LIKELY SAFE when the leaves, fruit, and seeds are eaten as food. Moringa leaf and seeds are POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth as medicine, short term. Products containing moringa leaf have been used with apparent safety for up to 90 days. Products containing moringa seed have been used with apparent safety for up to 3 weeks. Moringa root and root extracts are POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth. The roots contain spirochin, a toxic substance.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Not withstanding the Benefits of Moringa Oleifera to General Well-Being there are special Precautions and warnings.
Pregnancy: It’s POSSIBLY UNSAFE to use the root, bark, or flowers of moringa if you are pregnant. Chemicals in the root, bark, and flowers might make the uterus contract. In traditional medicine the root and bark were used to cause miscarriages. There is not enough information available about the safety of using other parts of moringa during pregnancy. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Breast-feeding: Moringa is sometimes used to increase breast milk production. It seems to be safe for the mother when taken for several days. But there isn’t enough information to know if it is safe for the nursing infant.Therefore, it is best to avoid moringa if you are breast-feeding.
Children: Moringa leaf is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth, short-term. Moringa leaf has been used with apparent safety in children for up to 2 months.
Reaction with other medications
Levothyroxine is used for low thyroid function. Moringa might decrease how much levothyroxine your body absorbs. Taking moringa along with levothyroxine might decrease the effectiveness of levothyroxine.
Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) substrates)
Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Moringa might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking moringa along with some medications that are broken down by the liver can increase the effects and side effects of some medications. Before taking moringa, talk to your healthcare provider if you are taking any medications that are changed by the liver.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination. Talk with your health provider.
Moringa might lower blood sugar.
Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking moringa along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs)Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.
Moringa might lower blood pressure. It has the potential to add to blood pressure lowering effects of antihypertensive drugs.
The right dose for Moringa.
The dose moringa depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for moringa. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
Note that not all that is stated above has been certified by scientists and this site does not offer medical advice or services. You are advised to speak to your doctor before using moringa.